The 2021 scheme for the LMS Undergraduate Research Bursaries in Mathematics is now open to applications.
The closing date for receipt of applications is 1 February 2021.
- Students may only take up the award during the summer vacation between the intermediate years (i.e. 2/3, 2/4 or 3/4) of their undergraduate degree. Students in the final year of their degree intending to undertake a taught Masters degree immediately following their undergraduate degree may apply. Applications on behalf of first-year undergraduates will not be considered.
- Researchers in Mathematics at universities and research institutions within the UK are eligible to apply. Interdisciplinary projects will be considered providing the project has significant mathematical content.
- Postdoctoral researchers and new lecturers, early in their careers are also encouraged to apply, and should note this on the application form.
- Only one application should be submitted by a supervisor.
- Departments are asked to provide match-funding for half of the grant awarded (for example, for a 6 week grant at £215 per week at a university outside London, departments will be asked to contribute £645 and the Society will contribute £645). Departments offering match-funding will be able to receive funding for up to 4 half-funded Bursaries. Departments not willing to provide match-funding will only be able to receive funding for up to 2 Bursaries. Please bear in mind that this is a national scheme with a limited number of bursaries.
- Students will normally be expected to be on track for a first class degree in order to be considered.
- Students must be registered at a UK institution for the majority of their undergraduate degree.
- Supervisors and students do not necessarily have to be based at the same institution, however we expect that they will collaborate together at the same institution for the duration of the project and have regular meaningful person to person contact (an average of 1 hour per week meeting in person is the minimum expected) to provide teaching in research skills and communication.
- Bursaries will not be awarded for projects that are a part of degree work, or that take place overseas for more than 50% of the project time.
- Bursaries will only be granted for the student named on the application form; awards are not transferable between students.
How to apply
- Applicants should complete an application form (above) and submit this to email@example.com by the advertised deadline.
- Applications must be made by the project supervisor on behalf of the student, and not by the student.
- Applications should be discussed with the nominated student, who should also contribute to the project design.
- Applications should include the student’s academic record and a supporting statement from his/her academic tutor. Due to academic restrictions caused by the current COVID-19 pandemic, for 2021 only, we will not require academic transcripts.
- Applications must be signed by the Head of Department to confirm his/her approval for the award to be administered by the department and to confirm any match-funding contributions by the department (awards are not offered directly to individual researchers but to the institutions to which they belong).
The LMS encourages applications for these bursaries from women, disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as these groups are under-represented in UK mathematics.
List of Undergarduate Research Bursary recipients: URB List
Please address any queries regarding the scheme to firstname.lastname@example.org.